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2016 JEMJRL WH
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The JEMJRL, also referred to as the JEM, Jr., is a left-handed solid body electric guitar introduced by Ibanez in 2016. It is a signature model of American guitarist Steve Vai and part of Vai's JEM series. It is produced in Indonesia as the most affordable JEM model.

As with all JEM models the body features Vai's signature monkey grip on the upper body and lion's claw rout behind the tremolo. It has an all-white color pattern, with white body, headstock, pickups, pickguard, fingerboard inlay and knobs.

The JEMJRL features a mahogany body bolted to a maple Wizard II neck with a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with Tree of Life vine inlays. Components include Ibanez Quantum pickups with a pair of humbuckers flanking a single-coil, a double locking tremolo bridge and a locking nut.

For 2018 the rosewood fretboard was replaced with jatoba. Later in 2018 the mahogany body was replaced with meranti.

The JEMJR is a right-handed version.

Specifications[]

Specifications for JEMJRL
Model name: JEMJRL
Year(s) offered: 2016–2024
Sold in: Americas & Oceania / Asia & Africa / China / Europe / USA
Made in: Indonesia
Price: SMAP: US$549.99 (2017[1]–2024[2])
Finish(es): White (WH)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
2016–2017: Mahogany
2018–2024: Meranti
Neck joint:
AANJ
Bridge:
Standard DL tremolo (10.5mm string spacing)
Pickguard:
3-layer: white/ black/ white
Knob style:
Plastic top hat (white)
Hardware color:
Cosmo black
Neck
Neck type:
Wizard III
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
2016–2017: Rosewood
2018–2024: Jatoba
Fingerboard inlays:
Tree of life
Frets:
24 / jumbo nickel silver
Nut:
Locking (43mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HSH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Quantum bridge (H) passive/ceramic
Middle pickup:
Ibanez Quantum middle (S) passive/alnico
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Quantum neck (H) passive/ceramic
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever pickup selector
Output jack:
¼" stereo barrel (angled side mount)
String gauge (factory):
.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images[]

Additional details
2021 JEMJRL WH 1P 02 back
Rear of body
HSH 5-way both-splits
Pickup switching
Controls VT5 lefty
Controls layout

Sources[]

  • Steve Vai artist signature page, Ibanez Europe, archived November 2017
  • Steve Vai artist signature page, Ibanez USA, archived January 2019
  • Steve Vai artist signature page, Ibanez Americas & Oceania, archived June 2022
  • JEMJRL product page, Ibanez USA, archived June 2016
  • 2017 Europe catalog (p. 12)
  • JEMJRL product page, Ibanez Europe, archived November 2017
  • 2018 Europe catalog (p. 10)
  • JEMJRL product page, Ibanez USA, archived January 2018
  • JEMJRL product page (meranti body), Ibanez Japan, archived November 2018
  • JEMJRL product page, Ibanez USA, archived January 2019
  • JEMJRL product page, Ibanez Europe, archived January 2020
  • JEMJRL product page, Ibanez China, archived January 2021
  • JEMJRL product page, Ibanez Asia & Africa, archived May 2022
  • JEMJRL product page, Ibanez Americas & Oceania, archived January 2023
  • JEMJRL product page, Ibanez USA, archived January 2024
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